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5. The Avengers

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Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston
Number of points: 33 (1 first place vote)

Many thought that it couldn’t be done and that Marvel had bitten off more than it could chew, but Joss Whedon created a superhero film that is almost perfect. The Avengers is almost the definitive superhero movie; it has everything, a witty script, big star actors, humor, adventure, tragedy and action. It’s the perfect blockbuster to keep you entertained, excited and smiling. I let out a big sigh of relief after I saw it, then immediately saw it again. – Luke Burnett

I know it’s not artsy, or nominated for any awards, and didn’t make the festival rounds, but man, I don’t know if I’ve ever had as much fun at the movies. A solid script that somehow manages to balance four and some odd protagonists while still packing the action and laughs. Just thinking about it makes me smile. – Sean Davis

The Raid Redemption

4. The Raid: Redemption

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Director: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno
Number of points: 34 (1 first place vote)

The best action movie of the year wasn’t a superhero flick, it was this low-budget Indonesian martial arts flick. Following a simple enough premise of trying to infiltrate a kingpin’s apartment block, there’s non-stop fighting with just a touch of character development to make you care about the whole ordeal. – Kristal Bailey

If you saw Dredd in theaters and thought, “Man, that movie could have been so much better,” then you will love The Raid: Redemption. If you saw Dredd and thought, “Man that movie was awesome!” then you will love The Raid: Redemption. It’s essentially the Indonesian version of Dredd, only with more action, more blood and guts, and all around just a much better film. I’m not a big fan of foreign films, because the idea of reading a movie bores me (yes I’m terrible). But I didn’t even mind it for such a fantastic project like this. – Kevin Taylor

Skyfall

3. Skyfall

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Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes
Number of points: 35 (1 first place vote)

I grew up watching every James Bond film with my dad (I’m an only child) and this was the first 007 movie that reminded me of the Sean Connery era, which was the best time of the franchise. – Lyndsey Miller

Having seen (almost!) every James Bond movie, I’m definitely a fan of the franchise. And after 50 years, they may have pulled out their best one ever, in a movie about the death and rebirth of Bond, looking back and questioning the very purpose and relevance of his character in today’s world. Even the best Bond flicks up until now have always been escapist entertainment, but this was the first Bond movie that was also a film, layered and nuanced, so that even the opening shot had meaning. Did you notice how Bond steps out of the shadows?! Hmm… – Daniel Johnson

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2. Wreck-It Ralph

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Director: Rich Moore
Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk
Number of points: 37

Walt Disney Animations Studios out-Pixars Pixar this year with the extremely clever, nostalgia-filled, romp in to the world of video games. With equal parts thrills, humor, and heart, Wreck-It-Ralph is an instant classic of the digital generation. Its genius, however, is in the details. – Brian Rudloff

If this movie doesn’t make you smile, you’re probably dead inside. Immensely imaginative and entertaining, this look inside the world of an arcade was as delicious a treat as the Sugar Rush game where Vanellope von Schweetz lives, featuring countless meta-references and in-jokes for gamers (did you catch the Konami code?). I also appreciated that, for a culture that sometimes gets flak for being overtly sexist and male-driven, Wreck-It Ralph featured many well-developed female characters, often reversing expectations and proving that the world of gaming is really a place where everyone should be able to have fun. Got a quarter? – Daniel Johnson

 

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Eric Ambler

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Eric Ambler is a film critic and correspondent for Screen Invasion, as well as the founder of Ambler Amblog (http://ambleramblog.blogspot.com/). His parents named him after a Welsh spy novelist they found in a reference book. Someday he will get around to watching all the VHS tapes he bought at Goodwill.